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Felix Yz

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  227 reviews
“If it wasn’t for the fused-with-Zyx thing, I suppose I would just be normal—whatever that means.”

When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. The creature is friendly, but Felix—now thirteen—won’t be able to grow to adulthood while they’re still me
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published June 30th 2015)
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Miranda Reads
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

Twenty-nine days until ZeroDay. I'm counting down. Twenty-nine days to go.
Thirteen year old Felix Yz has a somewhat...unusual life.
...when I was little there was an accident with a secret machine my dad was working on, and I got fused at the atomic level with a hyperintelligent being from the fourth dimension.
Zyx, the hyperintelligent being, has been Felix's companion for as long as he can remember. But the older he gets, the more problems that arise.
...if we stay fused together for t
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You like cute books. You also like diverse books. And you enjoy YA and kids books.

Question: will you like Felix Yz?

(tick tock tick tock…)

Answer: Yes! Most definitely YES!!

This is a very long review. I suggest you read it on my blog, cause Goodreads does not have such formatting capabilities.

Reasons to like Felix Yz?
This is, like, the most diverse book ever. If you thought you read diverse? This is probably more diverse. How?

For starters, Felix is… pretty much disabled
I'm kind of torn on this one. On the one hand it was delightfully silly and weird (alien fused with a kid, invisible to everyone else) but also heartwarming and heartfelt (beautiful family love and musings on nature of existence). I also loved how many queer and trans characters it included (gay boy, bi mom, gender fluid grandparent)! On the other hand I'm unsure about the messages the end of the book gives: 1) Felix is 'cured' of the alien occupation that also serves as a representation of disa ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The writing style is hard to get into at first, but it makes more sense as the story progresses, and I'm sure kids would love the silliness of it. It's essentially the stream of consciousness of a 13-year-old and the alien fused inside him that occasionally takes over his body. It includes LGBT themes as Felix grapples with his attraction to his friend Hector, and understanding Grandy (Felix's gender fluid grandparent) who dresses like a woman three days a week, like a man three days a week, and ...more
Abby Johnson
So, yeah, this book was bananas. And I was warned about that. But I think I could have gotten on board if I could have figured out where it was going with everything. I guess I never connected with Felix in a way that made me care about his story, possibly because there was a LOT going on that was distracting to the central story. I appreciate the efforts of the author to include a diverse cast of characters, but it all felt like too much going on and I was never able to latch onto a thread that ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was soooooo out there - but I really loved it. The sci-fi element (that Felix is fused with an alien/fourth-dimensional being) was kind of hard to wrap my brain around at first - but once I did (and once I suspended my need to have answers for every question) I enjoyed the story SO much. It was based on such a unique, fascinating concept. I loved how so many important issues were touched on (identity, bullying, gender fluidity, LGBTQ+ acceptance, grief/loss, depression, etc.) in such a ...more
Bogi Takács
Enjoyed this (with some qualms); will want to review hopefully soon. One of the very, very few children's books that imo *gets* queer families, both biological and found families. There should be a LOT more discussion about this book. Trans woman author!!! Major press!!! Actually gender diverse middle grade!!!! Science fiction!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I got a bit carried away. What I'm trying to say here is, this book fills so many gaps, and yet it did not seem to get much push from the kidlit blogo ...more
2.5 stars

If this weren't a middle grade book, I'd suggest doing a drinking game with all the LGBTQIA characters the authors managed to squeeze in...
Amanda Schreiber
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I listen to the audiobook of this title as it was on my public library’s 2018 Mock Newbery list. On one hand, I loved Felix’s voice & the countdown to “zero day” really added to the tension and complexity of the story. I also loved the banter between Felix & his fused alien. I can see the concept pulling in many readers.

However, on the other hand, I felt like there was too much going on. Gender-fluid grandparent, bisexual Mom, dead dad, prodigy sister, a hidden family secret & first crush on a b
C.J. Milbrandt
Felix has spent most of his life fused to another entity. Getting unstuck means undergoing a risky surgery, so Felix begins a journal (with the help of Zyx) to document the final days leading up to the Procedure. Lab accidents and loss. The Pose and planes of existence. School bullies and first loves. Comics and fandoms. Harmony Street and pronouns that start with "v."

A little erratic, since Felix's journal entries tend to jump around, but whenever we were given a scene, I was pulled right in.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-2019, msba
This book wasn't my favorite, but I thought it got better as it progressed. I thought there were parts that were kind of slow, but I liked that it was told through Felix's diary. I liked the ending, and I think that it wrapped up the story really well.
Kristina Jean Lareau
This book fuses otherness together in such a way that sparks every empathetic nerve in my body. I want to be Felix' s friend.

This is such a weird, wonderful and wildly unique story.
Michelle Glatt
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I liked it, but I didn't love it.
For a large part of this book, I struggled with analyzing it instead of relaxing and just enjoying it. And of course, once you're in analyze mode you just keep noticing things. Some of that was the language: anytime a book uses language in a different way than I'm used to, it takes me longer to get into. First, there's the way the writing switches between Felix and Zyx. Despite Zyx's being hyperintelligent and having been merged with Felix since Felix was 3, Zyx does not communicate effectively ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book has one of the coolest plots. Felix Yz is a thirteen-year-old boy. A decade ago, during an experiment his father was conducting, Felix was at the wrong place at the wrong time when it went kaboom. The explosion, though not huge, killed his father and left Felix merged with a fourth dimensional being. Felix and his family call the fourth dimensional being Zyx. And as nice as Zyx is, vo and Felix need to be separated or they'll both die. Though the separating procedure could kill them to ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's yet another review of a science fiction book that I really liked in which I start with the explanation that I don't usually read science fiction, but this book is an exception. I think I need to give up the idea that I don't read science fiction. I do. But just as I don't read mysteries for the murders, I don't read science fiction for the science. I read for characters and connections. And Felix Yz is all about connections and disconnections. The central connection and disconnection is b ...more
Elaine Fultz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rainbow-reading
Alien infested gay teen, dead scientist dad, bisexual mom, obnoxious mom's boyfriend, genderfluid grandparent, piano prodigy sister, and biracial love interest. ALL of these people are great and I'm glad I met them, but it's an overwhelming experience to go through considering the whole book is a countdown to the day of The Procedure which may separate Felix and his tender and poetic inner alien OR may kill him.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book didn't do the best job of holding my attention, but there were several moments of audible reaction from me throughout (always a sign of good writing). What this book did very well was casual diversity. How refreshing to be in a world where most people are queer, being queer isn't anyone's defining trait, and the fact of their queerness just comes up naturally in the course of narration or conversation. That makes this a book I've been waiting for for a very long time.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars? or 5 stars? I don't know
It was good
read it if ya want
(aren't my reviews so convincing)
Ms. Yingling
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by publisher

Felix has some challenges in his life. When he was a toddler, his father was babysitting him in his lab when an experiment went terribly wrong. His father was killed, and Felix ended up fused with a fourth dimensional being named Zyx. Felix can hear Zyx in his brain, and Zyx can also type in order to communicate. Having Zyx inhabiting his body causes Felix to have verbal processing problems, as well as some mobility issues. These cause people at school to make fun of him
3.5/5 stars

This was an enjoyable book and a quick read -- I was able to finish the audiobook within one work day. While the main premise of the book -- a 13 year old boy who's body is fused with an alien being's conscious - is science-fiction, the overall story is much more contemporary.

13 year-old Felix has been connected to alien being Zyx, since he was 3 years old - the result of a science experiment gone wrong, that also killed Felix's father. Ten years later, it has been determined that if
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was good for many reasons. As weird as the concept is, a boy fused with an alien from a 4th dimension, the book also conveys a message of acceptance in a very human way. I love the inclusion of characters who don’t fit neatly into societal norms, like Grandy, who is sometimes Vera and sometimes Verne, and yet, even though there is ample exploration of the issues of gender and sexual preference, that is not the focus of this novel. Written in diary format, Felix’s story and struggle, as ...more
I don't really know what I just read. It's seemed quirky and silly with an underlying message. The voice shown through plenty enough but I just couldn't really suspend any disbelief or truly get into the "science fiction" element that Felix would be fused to an alien and the countdown to the surgery to remove them from each other. Then to add to that-- there are GLBTQ characters including Felix himself being interested in Hector as he's writing the journals awaiting the surgery day-- then they b ...more
Jalee Boucher
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was a really good and easy read. I felt it was kind of slow at the beginning but the plot got really good towards the end. After Felix's dad had a science accident, Xyz a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside of him. But in 29 days, doctors were going to try to remove Xyz from him. Felix goes through many things like discovering family secrets and trying to fit in. I think anybody would enjoy this book!
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Felix Yz is an amazing book. It starts out with a experiment that goes wild when Felix was three years old. He was standing too close to it, and the next thing he knew was there was a fourth-dimension alien in his brain. He has to live life with Zyx using Felix's own hands and his own body to communicate. The authors choice of journal format was pure genius. That was one of my favorite parts. It is incredibly well written and this way Zyx has a voice. Its amazing how the author opens a whole new ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely a YA sci-fi title, Felix is dealing with so many physical and emotional struggles as he counts down to his procedure: to separate him from the alien within. I enjoyed the dual voices, that of Felix and Zyx (his alien). It is a coming of age story with a multitude of connections to teens who many also struggle as they figure things out: art, life, family, friendship, sexuality.
Brooke Nadzam
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcf-books
I liked Felix Yz.

This is the story of a boy whose father was a scientist who studied the fourth dimension. During one of his experiments, things go wrong. Felix's father dies, and Felix is fused with an alien from that fourth dimension.

And now, 10 years later, the scientists want to un-fuse the two. Because if they don't, Felix will die. But, it's a risky procedure, and if they do un-fuse them, Felix might die.
Alex Myers
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to enter a world that is delightfully both realistic and bizarre. Bizarre because Felix is fused with an alien from the Fourth Dimension. Realistic because Felix is, after all, still just a eighth grade kid trying to figure out who he is, where he belongs, and what to do with himself. And delightful... well... for so many reasons! First, there's the explorations of infinity (fourth dimensionality/threeness). Second, there's the wonderful wordplay (I loved the pronouns the author invented ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
.....this book is strange.

But good? Kind of.

But it's weird.

So this boy, Felix, is fused with a fourth-dimensional alien being. He has a crush on his classmate, Hector, but he thinks he doesn't have a chance because he is bullied all the time. His sister is a piano genius. His father is dead as a result of a lab accident that caused the alien fusion. His mother is dating a guy named Rick, who likes chess a lot. And finally, he lives with Grandy: his grandparent who is Vera for three days a week,
Reviews May Vary
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to me by my Youth Librarian. It's about a young boy who's mind has been fused with that of an alien. He has suffered loss, body deformity and bullying at school. But he's a sweetie. The book is a count down to the possibly life- ending activity of separating him from the thing in his head. Definitely worth the read.
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“And then swooping back in again, even faster, one long incredible fall through the human-shape of me and this time down past where I don't know how to go any smaller and I find myself somehow looping around to out-past-too-big again; so that everything seems to fit inside the smallest place in me and vice versa. And then for a while I'm not sure if I am inside the universe or the universe is inside me. The only thing that seems for sure is that somewhere in all the dancing around of whatever it is that dances, there's a human-shape of me, with either everything inside of it or it is inside of everything, or somehow - don't ask me how - both at the same time.” 1 likes
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